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Good News About Credit Reporting and Credit Scores

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Come this July, you may see a boost in your credit score.  The three major U.S. personal credit monitoring firms, Experian, TransUnion and Equifax, will be removing some borrowers’ civil judgement and tax lien information from their credit reports.

According to an article published by Fortune.com, written by Kevin Lui, since 2015, these credit reporting firms have been working to correct credit reporting mistakes and removing information unrelated to the borrower’s loan application by omitting information deemed unnecessary to lending.  In fact, according the article, “…in 2011 alone, 8 million complaints about wrong information in credit reports were received by the three major credit-reporting firms, according to the CFPB”.

This latest announcement could result in some borrower’s credit scores increasing by up to 20 points.  An increase in a credit score can increase the likelihood of securing a loan and is also helpful when applying to rent a home and even can affect future employment opportunities.

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Find Out What You Need to Earn to Live in Some Major U.S. Cities

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The real estate market is showing signs of improvement; as a result, more Americans may be entertaining the idea of purchasing a home for the first time or moving to a new area of the U.S.  However, its wise to consider how much money you need to earn in order to afford a home in a specific city.  A recent study released by  HSH.com provides the details about 27 major U.S. cities and what salary is required in order to purchase a home there.

6808984167_891f6b8a30_oAccording to an article published by Realtor.com’s Catey Hill, the study “assumes the buyer has good to excellent credit (and thus would get a mortgage interest rate—depending on location—of around 4%), put down 20% and would be spending no more than 28% of income on principal and interest.”   Even with a significant down payment and a low mortgage rate, one would need to earn an average salary of almost $58,000 per year to afford a home in Chicago, according to the study results.

Topping the list with a salary requirement of almost $148,000 a year, is San Fransiciso, CA. More affordable cities such as Cincinnati, Atlanta and Pittsburgh allow home buyers earning closer to $30,000 to purchase a home.

To find out about other U.S. cities and how much you would need to earn to purchase a home there, read the entire article.

 

 

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